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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 03-21-2019, 06:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 79
Posted By Steve Bliven
2019 Pipers Gathering in Litchfield, CT

Registration for the Pipers Gathering, held in Litchfield, CT on 16–18 August, 2019, will open on 25 March with early bird prices if you register before 30 March. SSP instruction from Barry...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-27-2019, 05:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 717
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Trouble making chanter reeds - advice?

Music teachers don't retire, they just get out of tune....:wave:


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-19-2019, 03:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: C natural Key or Back hole on chanter which is better?

Reminds me a bit of Rube Goldberg.....


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 01-08-2019, 06:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 540
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Smallpipe reed question

And if'n you're inclined to try it yourself using Michael's methodology, here's an article from some years back about how he goes about it http://pipersgathering.org/apna_old/?page_id=1557 (scroll...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-06-2018, 06:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 286
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Dumfries piping pig

The Bagpipe Society's journal, "Chanter" has hosted several articles in the past about piping pigs. One is at http://www.bagpipesociety.org.uk/articles/2003/chanter/winter/pipes-pigs-plato/ (scroll...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-28-2018, 01:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 661
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Hemping Firesides

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_QLzthSkfM


Best wishes


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-24-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Slurring or Tonguing

Yes. Your mouth doesn't touch the chanter on bagpipes so you don't have the option of stopping the airflow orally. Most articulation is done with finger movements rather than breath control (as you...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-21-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 660
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: How much quiter

I wonder where the other half of the harmonics go. Is there like a storehouse of unused harmonics somewhere?


Best wishes,


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-20-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 660
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: How much quiter

Should also add that, with a cylindrical bore rather than the conical bore of highland and border pipes, small pipes have a lower pitch and "rounder" sound that doesn't carry through walls as much.
...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-01-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,210
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Where to buy gortex gaita bags

Another possibility might be Mike Mac Harg in VT. He advertises "custom sizes" for Gaita bags.


http://www.weepiper.com/bags.htm (http://www.weepiper.com/bags.htm)


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-07-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 610
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: new book of dance music available

Aw, it's much more fun to congratulate you here, in public. :thumb:


Best wishes,


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-28-2018, 06:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 803
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Tying In a Common Stock...

Another factor to consider is how condensation from the breath affects smallpipe reeds. These are much smaller, more delicate, and more easily offended by moisture from the breath than their coarser...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-03-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 661
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Leaky bellows valve

Thanks to all for the input. It seems the leather is rather dry so I'm working some oil and will try the steaming/spoon to improve the shape to better fit.


Best wishes


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-01-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 661
Posted By Steve Bliven
Leaky bellows valve

Hello all—


I'm care-taking an Uilleann practice set for a friend. The intake valve on the bellows is leaking a bit. It's swinging into position properly but for some reason doesn't seal...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-10-2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,253
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Quality Bellows for SSP's

Simon's web site is still up at http://www.hopepipes.co.uk/5.html

My (perhaps dated) understanding is that he stopped making pipes but was going to continue to make bellows. Might be best to...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-10-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,253
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Quality Bellows for SSP's

Might also try Michael Dow. Contact at http://www.archcarving.com/Bagpipes%20&%20Bellows/bag_pipes.htm


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-07-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Pipers Gathering Registration opens 19 March

Registration fee jumps at midnight on 21 May. If'n you're planning on attending, save some $ by signing on before then. More info at http://www.pipersgathering.org/

Best wishes.

Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-05-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,035
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Set of mouth blown J Center smallpipes on Ebay (UK)

I'm guessing that the wood is blackwood (subject to CITES regulation and certain difficulties in shipping). If the white stuff is ivory, you can't take it across international borders without...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-06-2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,011
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Lawrence Thompson pipe bags

Other than the esthetics, what would the difference be?

Best wishes.

Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 03-19-2018, 07:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Pipers Gathering Registration opens 19 March

Registration now open.

SSP instructors/performers include Brighde Chaimbeul, Rosalind Buda and Chris Gray. Anthony Robb is coming out of retirement to instruct/perform on NSP and Will Woodson...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 03-17-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By Steve Bliven
Pipers Gathering Registration opens 19 March

Due to snowfall and resultant power outages, opening of registration for the 2018 Pipers Gathering has been pushed back to 19 March. Special early bird prices will be in effect 19–21 March. Go to...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 03-15-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 586
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Borderpipes repair

Not quite sure exactly where "near Scotland" is, but you seem close enough to give a call to the maker and explain the issue. The makers often have the best advice, even if it's send it back and...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 03-03-2018, 05:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 586
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Borderpipes repair

Unfortunately, Mr. Sky has had some serious health issues over the past few years. Best to check first to see whether he's taking on any repair work.

Best wishes.

Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-25-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 246
Posted By Steve Bliven
Jon Swayne Web site

Since requests for contact info for Jon come up periodically, here's a link to his new web site. https://www.jonswayne.com/

Best wishes.

Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-19-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 316
Posted By Steve Bliven
Pipers Gathering Performers Listed

The performer/instructor list for the 2018 Pipers Gathering has been posted at http://www.pipersgathering.org/

Registration begins on St. Patrick's Day. See if you can register before Waldo...
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